Monday, February 28, 2011

SPRINGTIME LUCK MARCH 12" SQUARE

Springtime Luck
Designed by: Aurora Suominen Copyright © 2011
12” Square with an I hook and Worsted Weight Yarn.

  • ABBREVIATIONS:  FPDC= Front Post Double Crochet  
Round 1: Ch2, Work 8SC in 2nd ch from hook. Join to first sc. (8sc)

Round 2: Ch3 (2DC) in same st. [DC in 1sc, (3DC) in next sc] 3Xs.  DC in 1sc.  Join in top of beg ch3. (16dc)

Round 3: Ch3 (2DC) in same st. DC in 1dc, (3DC) in next dc. [FPDC around next dc, (3DC) in next dc, DC in 1dc, (3DC) in next dc]3Xs.  FPDC around last dc & join.  (32dc)

Round 4: Ch3, (2DC) in same st.  DC in next 5dc, (3DC) in next dc, [FPDC around fpdc, (3DC) in next dc, DC in 5dc, (3DC) in next dc] 3Xs. FPDC around last fpdc & join. (48dc)

Round 5:  Ch3, DC in 10dc [FPDC around fpdc, DC in next 11dc] 3Xs.  FPDC around last fpdc & Join. (48dc)

Round 6:  Slst in next dc, *Skip 2sts, (8DC) in next st, skip 1 st, slst in next st, skip 1 st, (8DC) in next st.  Skip 2 sts*   [Slst in next 3dc, Work *to* again.] 3Xs.  Slst in last 2 sts, (last one will be above the fpdc)  (64dc & 12 slip stitches)

Round 7: Ch1, SC in same st.  [+Ch6, SC in the two vertical loops that are behind and in the middle of the two heart humps *See picture below. Ch6, skip 8dc of the heart hump+ SC in slst (above fpdc)] 3Xs.  Repeat  +to+ once and join to 1st sc. (8sc & 8 ch spaces) IF using two colors, FO and change to your background color.
Round 8: Ch1, SC in same st. [+5SC in next ch sp, SC in sc, 5SC in next sp+ SC in sc] 3Xs.  Repeat  +to+ once and join to first sc. (48sc)

Round 9: Ch3 DC, Ch2, 2DC (BEG Corner made) in same sc.  [DC in 11sc,  In next st work 2DC, ch2, 2DC, (CORNER made)] 3Xs.  DC in last 11sc.  Join (60dc, 4ch2)  Slst in next st & ch2sp.

Round 10: BEG CORNER.  [+DC in next 15dc, Corner in ch2sp] 3Xs.  DC in last 15dc & join. (76dc, 4ch2) Slst in next st & ch2sp.   

Round 11: BEG CORNER.  [+DC in 7dc, (Catching the top 2 loops of 5th dc of heart hump in rnd 6, Complete DC in next dc) DC in 3dc (Catching the top 2  loops of 4th dc of heart hump in rnd 6, Complete DC in next dc). DC in 7dc+ corner in ch2sp] 3Xs, Repeat  +to+ once & join.  (92dc& 4 ch2 sps) Slst in next st & ch2sp.

Round 12: BEG CORNER.  [+Ch1, skip 1dc, DC in next dc]11Xs.  Ch1, skip dc,+ corner in ch2sp.] 3Xs  Repeat  +to+ once & join.  (60dc, 48ch 1sps, & 4 ch2 sps) Slst in next st & ch2sp.

Round 13: BEG CORNER.  [DC in each dc & ch1 sp across (27sts) corner in ch2sp.] 3Xs.  DC in last 27sts & join (124dc & 4 ch2 sps) Slst in next st & ch2sp.

Round 14: BEG CORNER. [DC in 31dc, corner in ch2sp] 3Xs.  DC in last 31dc & join.  (140dc & 4 ch2 sps) Fasten off.

~March 2011 Square~ This is from my, “12 Squares in Time” year long series on my blog.  If you liked this square, please visit my blog to see more of the monthly squares.
~For Abbreviations/videos/links to help with pattern sts, see “One Crochet Day at a time” at http://myblueangels.blogspot.com/
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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Diet Soda causing heart attacks?? Organic food too high in price?

I heard on my local news last night that a study on drinking diet soda every day increases your risk of heart attack and strokes.  How many here drink diet soda.......do you only drink diet soda?  How much do you actually drink? 

for me I drink diet Crush, diet Mt Dew and/or Diet Rootbeer, these I found are actually pretty good, do not leave a nasty after taste.  Do I drink a ton of it?  Well depends on your definition of a ton.......LOL I know I do drink at least one a day, and sometimes two........but usually no more than two.  (most of the time)  When I go out to a restaurant, I will always drink water with my meal.  I tried to do some checking around online and found that only "small" studies were done, and none on those same effects for regular soda......why?  Why are they signaling out diet soda?  Those websites and the story on my local news did not say how or what in the soda made them come to that conclusion....and how can a "small," and short study show that it increases your risk of heart attack and strokes?  From what I have heard and read, the only thing different about diet soda is that artificial sugar.  I could be wrong...but that is just what I have heard.  If that is the case then they should be going after the artificial sugar..which can now be bought in little packages, and larger bags for baking and such.........sometimes I feel this is just another way for the government to try to control us and what we eat.  Sure some people could say that the government wants us healthy and that is why these studies exist and extra fees are being put on junk food and sodas.......BUT and this is a huge BUT........if they want us to be healthy and eat better......why is "healthy" food more money??? 

Organic foods?? sure sounds like a good thing, but again from what I have read and heard, the only difference is that they don't put all the chemicals on these foods and then slap the name "organic" on it........ok......wouldn't it be cheaper then???  Are they not saving the money by NOT having to use extra chemicals???  Remember a few years back when they said Eggs had nutritional value and were actually healthy for us....I have always known this....BUT.........I remember when that came on the news everywhere, then the price of eggs went up........The government should put a stop to these people jacking up the price when someone says healthy.  I know that some need to make a profit, but how much do they think they need when they do nothing different...........but someone on tv says it is good for us and THEN they NEED to raise the price?? 

Just like when the minimum wage goes up.........then everything else goes up in price too....so how does that pay increase help us??? 

I think the government is too busy "helping" in all the wrong places!!!  


These are just my opinions!!

Thursday, February 03, 2011

CORNERS OF MY HEART IN 3D FEBRUARY 2011 (2 SQUARE CHOICES)


Corners of my Heart in 3D
Designed by: Aurora Suominen Copyright © 2011
H Hook and WW Red Heart Yarn

SPECIAL STITCHES/ABBREVIATIONS:
~Heart Hump: Sl St in next dc, skip 1 st, (4DC) in next dc, sl st  in next dc, (4DC) in next dc, skip 1st, sl st in next dc.
~FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet

*NOTES* when you see “ST” this means the spaces as well.  So when you see SC in next 5 sts, it will mean SC in the ch spaces as well as dcs.

Rnd 1: Ch4, work 15DC in 4th ch from hook. Join (16dc)

Rnd 2: Ch3, (2DC) in same st.  [+Ch1, skip 1, DC in next st, Ch1, skip 1,+ (3DC) in next st]3Xs. Repeat +to+ once and sl st around post of beg ch3, not in the top.  (16dc)

Rnd 3: Ch3 (2FPDC) around same st. FPDC around next st, (3FPDC) around next st. [+Ch1, DC in next dc, Ch1,+ skip sp,  (3FPDC) in next dc, FPDC in next dc, (3FPDC) in next dc]3Xs  Repeat +to+ once and join in top of beg ch3.  (32dc)

*NOTE* Don’t ch in the beginning of this round. The joining sl st from rnd 3 counts as the 1st sl st.
Rnd 4: Skip 1st  (4DC) in next dc, sl st in next dc, (4DC) in next dc, skip 1st, sl st in next dc. [+SC in next 3sts+ Work a Heart Hump (see special stitches)]3Xs, Repeat +to+ once and join to 1st ss.  (32dc, 12sc, 12sl st)

Rnd 5: [+Ch4, Look behind the heart hump and the middle sl st, See the 2 horizontal loops that look like they connect the humps?  Well SC around those two loops.  Ch4, skip 4dc, sk sl st.+ SC in next 3sc, skip sl st.]3Xs Repeat +to+ once.  SC in next 3sc.  Do not join. (8ch4 & 16sc)

Rnd 6:  Sl st into ch 4sp, ch3, 2DC in same sp.  [+Ch1, (3DC) in next sc, Ch1, (3DC) in next sp.  DC in 3sc.+ (3DC) in sp] 3Xs. Repeat +to+ once and join in beg ch3.

Rnd 7: Ch3, DC in 2dc [+Ch2, skip sp, (3FPDC) around next dc, FPDC around next dc, (3FPDC) around next dc. Ch2, skip sp+ DC in 9dc]3Xs Repeat +to+ once.  DC in last 6dc.  Join. (64dc)

Rnd 8: Ch1, SC in same st.  SC in 2dc [+2SC in ch sp, work a heart hump.  2SC in sp+ SC in 9dc]3Xs Repeat +to+ once.  SC in last 6. Join to 1st sc.  (52sc & 32dc)

Rnd 9: Ch1, SC in same st.  SC in 4sc [+CH 4, skip sl st,  Look behind the heart hump and the middle sl st, See the 2 horizontal loops that look like they connect the humps?  Well SC around those two loops. Ch4, skip 4dc, skip sl st+ SC in 13sc]3Xs Repeat +to+ once.  SC in last 8. Join to 1st sc. (56sc, 8ch4)

Rnd 10:Ch3, DC in 4sc [+3DC in sp, ch1, 3DC in sc, Ch1, 3DC in sp+ DC in 13sc]3Xs Repeat +to+ once.  DC in last 8sc.  Join (88dc)

Rnd 11: Ch3, DC in 7dc [+Ch2, skip sp, (3FPDC) around next dc, FPDC around next dc, (3FPDC) around next dc. Ch2, skip sp+ DC in 19dc]3Xs Repeat +to+ once.  DC in last 11 and join. (104dc)

Rnd 12: Ch1 SC in same st, SC in 7dc [+2SC in ch sp, work a heart hump.  2SC in ch sp,+ SC in 19dc]3Xs Repeat +to+ once.  SC in last 11  and join. (92sc, 32dc)

Rnd 13: Ch1, SC in same st.  SC in 9sts, [+Skip sl st, Ch4, Look behind the heart hump and the middle slst, See the 2 horizontal loops that look like they connect the humps?  Well SC around those two loops., Ch4, skip 4dc, skip slst+ SC in 23sts]3Xs Repeat +to+ once and then SC in last 13.  Join (96sc)

*NOTE* This next round is based on how much your square measures.  Please measure and determine if you need a SC, HDC, or DC for Rnd 14.  The type of yarn, size of your hook, and your tension really make a difference. Once you have the stitch you plan on using, just follow this round, the count is the same. Remember to adjust your beginning ch, SC, is ch1, HDC is ch2, and DC is Ch3.  I had to DC to get my square to 12”

Rnd 14: Ch3, HDC in next 9sc, [+(3HDC) in next sp.  (3HDC) in next sc,  (3HDC) in next sp.+  HDC in next 23sc] 3Xs Repeat +to+ once and then HDC in last 13sc.  Join to beg ch2.  (128hdc)

For more info on abbreviations and links to sites and videos that will help with certain stitches, please see my blog, “One Crochet Day at a time” at http://myblueangels.blogspot.com/

© Copyright 2011 Aurora Suominen  All Rights Reserved.
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If you don't like the FPDC, I have a 2D version without the FPDC you can find that pattern below

CORNERS OF MY HEART IN 2D FEBRUARY 2011

Corners of my Heart in 2D
Designed by: Aurora Suominen Copyright © 2011
H Hook and WW Red Heart Yarn

SPECIAL STITCHES/ABBREVIATIONS:
~Heart Hump: Sl St in next dc, skip 1 st, (4DC) in next dc, slst  in next dc, (4DC) in next dc, skip 1st, slst in next dc.
~FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
*NOTES* when you see “ST” this means the spaces as well.  So when you see SC in next 5 sts, it will mean SC in the ch spaces as well as dcs.

Rnd 1: Ch4, work 15DC in 1st st. Join (16dc)

Rnd 2: Ch3, (2DC) in same st.  [+Ch1, Skip 1st, DC in next dc, Ch1, skip 1st,+ (3DC) in next dc] 3Xs Repeat +to+ once and Join.  (16dc)

Rnd 3: Ch3 (2DC) in same st. DC in next dc, (3DC) in next dc. [+Ch1, DC in next dc, Ch1,+ SK sp (3DC) in next dc, DC in next dc, (3DC) in next dc]3Xs Repeat +to+ once and join in top of beg ch3.  (32dc)

*NOTE* Don’t ch in the beginning of this round. The joining slst from rnd 3 counts as the 1st slst.
Rnd 4: Skip 1st  (4DC) in next dc, slst  in next dc, (4DC) in next dc, skip 1st, slst in next dc. [+SC in 3sts+ Work a Heart Hump (see special stitches)]3Xs, Repeat +to+ once and join to 1st slst.  (32dc, 12sc, 12slst)

Rnd 5: [+Ch4, Look behind the heart hump and the middle slst, See the 2 horizontal loops that look like they connect the humps?  Well SC around those two loops.  Ch4, skip 4dc, skip slst,+ SC in 3sc, skip slst]3Xs Repeat +to+ once.  SC in 3sc,  Do not join. (8ch4, 16sc)

Rnd 6:  Slst into ch 4sp, ch3, 2DC in same sp.  [+Ch1, (3DC) in next sc, Ch1, (3DC) in next sp.  DC in 3sc.+ (3DC) in sp]3Xs. Repeat +to+ once and join in beg ch3. (48dc)

Rnd 7: Ch3, DC in 2dc [+Ch2, skip sp, (3DC) in next dc, DC in next dc, (3DC) in next dc. Ch2, skip sp+ DC in 9dc]3Xs Repeat +to+ once.  DC in last 6dc.  Join. (64dc)

Rnd 8: Ch1, SC in same st.  SC in 2dc [+2SC in ch sp, work a heart hump.  2SC in next sp+ SC in 9dc]3Xs Repeat +to+ once.  SC in last 6. Join to 1st sc.  (52sc, 32dc)

Rnd 9: Ch1, SC in same st.  SC in 4sc [+ Ch4, Skip slst, Look behind the heart hump and the middle slst, See the 2 horizontal loops that look like they connect the humps?  Well SC around those two loops. CH4, skip 4dc, skip slst+ SC in 13sc]3Xs Repeat +to+ once.  SC in last 8. Join to 1st sc. (56sc, 8ch4)

Rnd 10:Ch3, DC in 4sc [+3DC in sp, ch1, 3DC in sc, Ch1, 3DC in sp+ DC in 13sc]3Xs Repeat +to+ once.  DC in last 8sc.  Join (88dc)

Rnd 11: Ch3, DC in 7dc [+Ch2, skip sp, (3DC) in next dc, DC in next dc, (3DC) in next dc. Ch2, skip sp+ DC in 19dc]3Xs Repeat +to+ once.  DC in last 11 and join. (104dc)

Rnd 12: Ch1 SC in same st, SC in 7dc [+2SC in ch sp, work a heart hump.  2SC in ch sp,+ SC in 19dc]3Xs Repeat +to+ once.  SC in last 11  and join. (96sc, 32dc)

Rnd 13: Ch1, SC in same st.  SC in 9sts, [+Skip slst,  Ch4, Look behind the heart hump and the middle slst, See the 2 horizontal loops that look like they connect the humps?  Well SC around those two loops., Ch4, skip 4dc, skip slst+. SC in 23sts]3Xs Repeat +to+ once and then SC in last 13.  Join (96sc)

*NOTE* This next round is based on how much your square measures.  Please measure and determine if you need a SC, HDC, or DC for Rnd 14.  The type of yarn, size of your hook, and your tension really make a difference. Once you have the stitch you plan on using, just follow this round, the count is the same.

Rnd 14: Ch2, HDC in next 9sc, [(3HDC) in next sp.  (3HDC) in next sc,  (3HDC) in next sp.  HDC in next 23sc]3Xs Repeat +to+ once and then HDC in last 13sc.  Join to beg ch2.  (128hdc)

For more info on abbreviations and links to sites and videos that will help with certain stitches, please see my blog, “One Crochet Day at a time” at http://myblueangels.blogspot.com/

© Copyright 2011 Aurora Suominen  All Rights Reserved.
Terms of Use/Licensing: No Internet/commercial sales of finished items allowed, however, you may sell finished items through private, personal, or local sales.